Written by: Emily De Sousa
Just when we thought that the warm weather was finally beginning to make an appearance it seems like the skies have opened up and Toronto is being pounded with endless rain. Rainy days in the city can be gloomy and make you want to do nothing other than curl up on your couch under a warm blanket with a hot cup of tea all day. While that actually doesn’t sound like such a bad idea…there’s still ton that you can do outside of your home in Toronto!
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That’s correct, right here in Toronto you can learn how to be a real life ninja and I say that a rainy day is the perfect time to break out of that sluggish funk and get moving. The Monkey Vault is a 10,000 square foot training that’s set up specifically for parkour. You can run, jump, climb, breakdance – really you can move your body in any way you please!
Try a spin class
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If you’re looking for a more conventional fitness activity, why not try out a spin class and get in a workout on a rainy day. Toronto is home to some of the best spinning studios and the practice has become quite popular among Torontonians. Check out SoulCycle, Torq, or SPINCO.
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If you want to get up and moving, but don’t really want to, you know, “workout” then test your bowling skills at one of the alleys in the city. Most of us haven’t been bowling since we were kids, so not only will this be a good way to get out of the house for a few hours, but it’ll bring back a sense of nostalgia. Check the Ballroom downtown and challenge your friends to a friendly competition – loser buys drinks!
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Even if you’re not very artistic you can still brighten up your day with a blank canvas and a handful of colourful paints at Paintlounge. You can sign up for a step by step class taught by professional instructors, or just have fun with it in a freestyle class.
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If you’re looking to get more creative than paint, than try your hand at a DIY course. The Devil’s Workshop has been hosting popular jewelry making workshops in Toronto for over twelve years. You can even make it a romantic date with your soon-to-be spouse and actually make your own wedding bands!
Have a laugh at a comedy bar
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If the gloomy weather has got you down head on over to one of Toronto’s great comedy bars for some laughs and turn that frown upside down! A steady stream of laughs is the perfect way to combat the moody weather. Some of the best locations to check out are Second City, Absolute Comedy, and Yuk Yuk’s.
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If you’re not quite sick of water yet, head on over to Ripley’s Aquarium to explore the fascinating underwater world. The aquarium features all kinds of marine creatures such as rays, turtles, jellyfish, and even sharks. The aquarium also features a tunnel that you can walk through as sharks swim right above your head!
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I absolutely love the Royal Ontario Museum. You could spend hours in this beautiful museum, packed with constantly changing exhibits and stunning educational displays. The ROM is currently featuring an exhibit about the wildlife photographers of the year. You can check it out to see some amazing photographs of nature and wildlife from around the globe.
See a play
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Theatre fans are already well versed in all of Toronto’s great theatres, but those who are unfamiliar with the many productions should use a grey-skied day as an opportunity to explore the options. There are some great productions on in the upcoming months at Mirvish and Tarragon theatres.
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Housing many articles of Canada’s unique design history in its permanent collection, as well as some impressive exhibitions, there’s always something exciting to see at the Design Exchange. There is an exciting DXTalk happening on March 8th about the underrepresentation of women in STEM professions. It will feature a handful of successful women and their stories over overcoming challenges and the status quo to build their empires.